A new study conducted by Radius Global Market Research and MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, shows the majority of the U.S. public is ready for the traditional plastic driver’s license to go mobile.

Influencer Marketing has become a central focus of marketing strategies and budgets for 2017. According to Bloomberg, an estimated $255 million is now spent on influencer marketing every month. With a buy in like that, what’s the ROI? EMarketer reported that advertisers earned an average of $6.85 for every $1 they spent on influencer marketing.

Currently, there are about 8.4 billion connected devices worldwide, up 31 percent from 2016 according to Gartner’s estimates. The consumer segment is the largest user base of these devices with 5.2 billion units being utilized in 2017. These devices represent 63 percent of the overall number of present applications. We can only expect these numbers to continue growing exponentially. These astonishing statistics show a radical shift in how consumers are receiving and transmitting data about themselves. However, with this technological advancement comes numerous privacy issues.

The News Media Alliance – representing almost 2,000 news organizations – called on Congress to allow publishers to negotiate collectively with dominant online platforms. The objective is to permit publishers to have concrete discussions with the two dominant distributors of online news content, Google and Facebook, on business model solutions to secure the long-term availability of local journalism produced by America’s newsrooms.

Ipsos study reveals consumer knowledge on government regulations of products and ads.

Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) have sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of protecting the current tax deductibility of advertising. This letter is extremely significant for the advertising community and shows wide congressional support for our industry. There were 124 bipartisan members of Congress who signed the letter.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last month rendered a very important decision. This decision threatens to allow states and localities far more leeway to impose government mandated disclosures in advertising with potentially extremely adverse impacts.

Marketers are pushing the boundaries on acceptable practices in their social media influencer campaigns – and regulators are pushing back.

Consumers are right to be concerned about and demand strong protection of their privacy rights. Advertisers have long understood this highly legitimate need. That is why in 2010 the ad community launched the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) self-regulatory program to give consumers broad power to determine whether their Internet and mobile activities would be collected and utilized for advertising purposes. The ad community also has strongly supported a broad array of legislation to protect consumer’s truly sensitive financial, health, children’s and other similar data.

The American Association of Advertising Agencies ("4A's), American Advertising Federation ("AAF"), Association of National Advertisers ("ANA"), Data & Marketing Association ("DMA"), Interactive Advertising Bureau ("IAB"), and Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") issued the following statement in support of Senator Jeff Flake and Congressman Marsha Blackburn's recently introduced Joint Resolutions disapproving of the Federal Communications Commission's ("FCC") broadband privacy regulations.

The FCC’s latest proposal relies on apps to be developed by pay-TV providers and then licensed to third parties for use on their own platforms and networks. At this point, though we’re not sure just how, the FCC sees itself as the arbiter of such agreements and intends to take enforcement action against discriminatory or unreasonable behavior in apps’ implementation.

Latino youth voices sharing positive experiences in nature are the driving force behind a new Spanish-language radio campaign Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) is launching in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service (USFS).

The FCC has declined to review a proposal submitted by the Puerto Rico Broadcasters Association and Arso’s UNO Radio Group – owner of island-wide cadenas Salsoul, Hot 102, Fidelity and NotiUno, to have new FCC application fees discounted for broadcasters in the U.S. commonwealth.  By Adam R Jacobson - Radio + Television Business Report

Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, introduced a new Spanish-language video about imposter scams at the Legislative Summit hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers and the National Newspaper Publications Association.

According to Ad Age, a new rule approved by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics that expands the definition of lobbying to include PR professionals has received a deluge of criticism for being considered unconstitutional, but how will the advisory opinion actually affect the industry?

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